Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising is the latest in the National Museum of Ireland’s series of Easter Week exhibitions, the first of which was mounted in 1932. It serves to reflect on 100 years of collecting, commemorating and celebrating the physical objects that offer our last tangible links to the men, women and children of 1916.
The exhibition Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising at the National Museum of Ireland includes many objects never seen on public exhibition before. In this exhibition the visitor will experience the poignant stories of the civilians, combatants and survivors whose lives were intertwined with the fighting that took place in and around the rebel garrisons.
Explore the background to the 1916 Rising, the rise of the Catholic élite; the push for Home Rule along with the counter-moves of unionism; the increasing ‘Irish-Ireland’ aspects of the arts and cultural movements of the period and the growth of republican nationalism. Read accounts of the individuals and the organisations that featured in the political arena of 1916. This exhibition offers visitors the unique experience of physical proximity to the people and events of Easter Week through the everyday, intimate and personal belongings of the participants.
Follow the rebels as they set up garrisons around the city. Encounter objects such as the clothing worn by the rebels and the British Army as they moved through the 1916 battlefield; the watch used by Countess Markievicz to time the rebel despatches; the bullets and bayonets that caused injury; the smelling salts that revived the wounded and the first aid kits pressed into service to ease the plight of the injured and the dying. Alongside the rebels, the personal stories of the civilians caught in the crossfire are represented with poignant and moving artefacts such as a crucifix perforated by a stray bullet.
Explore the stories of those who died or were imprisoned and interned. Get as close as possible to the daily life of those living in the camps. Read accounts of the families of the rebels as they deal with the aftermath - the Courts Martials, the executions and the imprisonments and explore the Museum’s database of its Easter Week collections, which will be available to the public in late April 2016.
The Museum’s 1916 Public Engagement Programme will take place at the Museum’s four sites throughout 2016. The programme is aimed at a wide range of audiences.
The programme will invite people to reflect on, explore and challenge the narratives of 1916 and to interrogate, 100 years on, these extraordinary events in terms of their legacy for and significance to contemporary Ireland.
As part of the Museum’s Public Engagement Programme, novelist, playwright and poet, Dermot Bolger, will be Writer in Residence at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History between March and August 2016.
Further information can be found on the following link:
Admission to the exhibition and to the National Museum of Ireland is free.
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Closed Mondays* (*The exhibition will be opened specially for Easter Monday, 28th March 2016 form 10.00am – 5.00pm)